Excerpt: Maintaining the continuity of its business phone E series with lots and powerful devices, Nokia launched the "promised" updated version of the successful E61. This time the new E61i model got the long expected camera module that lacked in the older E61 model. The fact that it didn't feature a camera disappointed many possible buyers at the time of the E61 launching, but Nokia did it with a good reason: there are simply too many companies that will not accept their...
Pros: The best thing about this phone is the simply fact that it exists:) The whole range of connectivity tools and the big battery recommends it as the number one business tool at the moment. Even the design is eye-catching, big, bulky and slim as it is. Nokia E61i is a phone that can be used for almost everything (emailing, messaging, surfing, picturing, printing) at high standards.
Cons: Lack of a secondary camera for video calling may be a major drawback for those that like this feature. Also the metallic part of the phone is too easy to scratch and will make your phone look very bad after only a few days of use (even if you take great care). I'm also wondering: when will Nokia "relinquish" the Pop-Port USB in favor of the more useful miniUSB port? Maybe HSDPA connectivity would've been so much better than UMTS, but this is just because I couldn't me...
Conclusion: High style, a QWERTY keyboard, WiFi and durability have finally converged, thanks to the Nokia E61. The phone is stunning looking and happily it works just as well as it looks. It beats the BlackBerry on expansion, style, durability and multimedia features, though its keyboard isn't quite as good. While Palm OS is getting long in the tooth, Symbian OS 9 and S60 3rd Edition are much fresher and more powerful (faster networking, multitasking and more).
Pros: Great looks, durable metal body, WiFi, EDGE, miniSD expansion slot, supports all major push email solutions as well as non-push IMAP and POP3 email. Fantastic web browser, good battery life and excellent display.
Cons: Keyboard travel is nearly nil, sometimes flaky scheduled IMAP email checking.
Conclusion: Nokia have taken on the mighty Blackberry at its own game with their latest E61 Smartphone. We spend a week with it to see if it really is the connected utopia it claims to be and if it can unseat the corporate favourite.